San Francisco is home to more than 50,000 elementary and middle school age youth, all of whom need positive opportunities and activities in the hours away from school. Out of School Time (OST) programs provide learning opportunities for youth that foster their academic, socio-emotional, and physical development during after school hours, weekends, and summers. OST programs for elementary and middle school youth are one of DCYF's largest investments with more than $15 million granted annually to more than 200 programs in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Learn more about Out of School Time.
Click the map on the right to view the locations of DCYF's OST Grantees.
Are you looking for an afterschool or summer program for your child? Visit DCYF grantee SFKids.org's comprehensive Afterschool Programs Guide and Summer Camp Guide!
DCYF's Policy Efforts
San Francisco has many out of school time programs, some of which of receive public support, which have much to offer youth and parents. Yet this array of programs is, at times, uncoordinated. In 2005, the City and County of San Francisco and San Francisco Unified School District made a pledge to support the creation of a citywide system that would address ways to enhance program quality and aim to provide “afterschool for all” elementary and middle school children. Since that time, DCYF and SFUSD have lead the Afterschool for All Advisory Council, composed of representatives of the school district, city departments, higher education institutions, funders, parents, youth, and provider trainers. Over the years, the Afterschool for All has worked with a variety of stakeholders to develop policy recommendations, tools, training events, and information to build the local out of school time system.
The San Francisco Summer Learning Network is a group of individuals and organizations from all sectors of the city dedicated to enhancing the learning opportunities for youth. Representatives include City agencies, SFUSD, and summer program providers, and the effort is housed at DCYF. The Network’s main activities include providing a free informational newsletter with resources for summer program providers, offering free professional development opportunities for summer program staff each spring, and raising awareness about the importance of quality learning opportunities for youth during the summer.